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Tracing as a technique

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Diane (mselle)
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 21:43:34 -0500

Tracing is a technique that requires skill. As such, looking at tracing
from the narrow minded scope of some teachers throws the baby out with the
bath water. The more creative teacher will see beyond the mere copy, color
in and pass off for a work of art. Graphic, and commercial artists make
use of tracing. So do architects, pattern makers, dress designers, etc.
Fine artists also trace for a multiple of reasons, to copy one of their own
drawings onto a final surface, to make several copies capable of being
worked on with respect to experimentation of color, textural effects. An
artist who is creative will come up with a multitude of possibilities for
the technique of tracing. My own students do very elaborate planet
landscape collages, and guess what, I let them, 2nd graders, trace pictures
of astronautes and they incorporate their tracing paper art into the
collage. Looks surreal imposed over the dynamic colors on their planetary
landscapes. Loosen up, have fun. Get beyond the 1950's. A whole new
approach to art has been on the scene for the past 30 years. I would never
prejudice young minds against the possibilities of any art technique or
process. Sincerely, Mselle, freelance writer/art critic, art teacher, and
award winning exhibiting artist.

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